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Local volunteers celebrated during National Volunteer Week

Local volunteers celebrated during National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. The theme for this year’s volunteer week, held between 8-14 May, was ‘Give Happy Live Happy’.  

“National Volunteer Week is celebrated annually to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by volunteers in our community,” said Jane Davies, Coordinator of Armidale Regional Council’s Volunteer Referral Service (AVRS).  

“This year’s national theme ‘Give Happy Live Happy’ seems to sum up both sides of the incredible value to be found in volunteering. Volunteering has a range of benefits – both for the community and for the individual. While volunteering is essential to building strong and resilient communities, volunteers gain valuable skills, and develop personally and professionally from their involvement.”  

AVRS celebrated some wonderful volunteers by hosting a Volunteer Week morning tea on Wednesday 10 May at which the New England 2017 Volunteer Awards, incorporating the Alwyn Jones Community Award, were presented.  

Many local volunteers, individuals and teams, were presented with awards which recognise their outstanding service to our community through their work with not-for-profit organisations.  

“While it is only a small gesture, the morning tea and award ceremony is one way we can say thank you to some of the wonderful and giving people who make up our community,” Ms Davies said.  

“Many of the volunteers nominated for the AVRS awards will go forward into the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award, and there is still time for people and organizations who would like to recognize the efforts of their volunteers to nominate them for the state award by visiting www.volunteering.com.au/volunteer-awards.”  

If anyone is interested in becoming actively involved in their local community by becoming a volunteer, the AVRS can help you find a position that will suit your skills and interests. If you’re undertaking training in a community field, it’s also possible to help you find a volunteer role that will give you experience in the area you would like to work.  

To find out about the latest volunteer positions and for more information about volunteering call the AVRS on 02 6770 3838, or email avrs@armidale.nsw.gov.au

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